San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The Internet's Own Boy
Wednesday, July 30
Tickets: $10 Advance/ $12 Door General Admission
$5 Students (w/ Valid I.D.)
The Internet's Own Boy is the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal battle with the Federal government. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.
Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.
Q&A with Electronic Frontier Foundation Legal Director Cindy Cohn and Elliot Peters, Aaron Swartz's defense laywer at the time of his death, to follow the screening. Elliot lived some of the events depicted in The Internet's Own Boy and appears several times in the film. He is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and a partner in Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco. Elliot will be available to answer questions about Aaron, the case against him, and the film itself.
BRIAN KNAPPENBERGER | Director
Brian Knappenberger is a writer, director and producer who has created award winning investigative documentaries and feature films for FRONTLINE/World, National Geographic, Bloomberg Television and PBS. His recent award winning independent feature We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists explored the online "hacktivist" group Anonymous and chronicled a year of unprecedented online protest activity. Knappenberger's previous films have explored the political tension and corruption behind re-building southern Afghanistan in Life After War and brutal abuses of power and a violent crackdown on speech in Ukraine for A Murder in Kyiv. His other work has ranged from the changing climate conditions in the Arctic to how advanced technology changes our physical bodies and selves in Into The Body. His work often centers on technology and the transformative effect it has on basic human rights, communication and culture. He runs the Los Angeles based production company Luminant Media. His newest film, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Brian Knappenberger has created multiple award winning documentaries including We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists about the online hacktivist non-group Anonymous, Life After War about political tensions in post-war Afghanistan and A Murder in Kyiv about the death of a Ukrainian journalist, reportedly at the hands of government officials. He has created numerous other documentaries for PBS FRONTLINE/World, National Geographic, Bloomberg News and the Discovery Channel. His newest film, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
About the Reel to Real Film Series
The Brower Center further amplifies the power of art for social change through its new film program Reel to Real. Throughout the year, the Brower Center will present documentaries with critical, current insights into how we can create a more just and sustainable future. Films will address pressing issues that include climate change, social justice, conservation, and environmental education, as well as the intersections among them. Following each film, the Brower Center and its partners will provide a range of tools and resources for audiences to take real action beyond the reel.
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David Brower Center
The David Brower Center provides a home for the environmental movement by advocating for the beauty, diversity and ecological integrity of Earth. The Brower Center accomplishes this mission through a distinctive combination of permanent infrastructure and ongoing programs in a unique civic institution that 1) informs the public about the environmental challenges we face and the bold actions we must take if ours is to remain a living planet; 2) inspires people to recognize their own power and responsibility to act on behalf of the Earth; and 3) connects individuals and organizations dedicated to social equity and ecological sustainability.